The Darkest Little Room by Patrick Holland

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December 2012–January 2013, no. 347
Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'The Darkest Little Room' by Patrick Holland

The Darkest Little Room

by Patrick Holland

Transit Lounge, $29.95 pb, 272 pp, 9781921924248

The Darkest Little Room by Patrick Holland

by
December 2012–January 2013, no. 347
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he Darkest Little Room, Patrick Holland’s latest novel, looks at sexual slavery and obsession in South-East Asia. The protagonist is Joseph, an Australian reporter travelling in Vietnam. Intent on finding a beautiful woman glimpsed briefly, he receives word that she may be working in a brothel known as ‘the darkest little room’. In pursuing this lead, Joseph meets and falls in love with a prostitute named Thuy. Attracted to her because she is ‘weak’ and ‘beautiful’, he wants to save her from her sordid way of life. Then Joseph starts purchasing heroin for Thuy. His morals are challenged and his life endangered.

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'The Darkest Little Room' by Patrick Holland

The Darkest Little Room

by Patrick Holland

Transit Lounge, $29.95 pb, 272 pp, 9781921924248

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  • This is an engrossing story and Patrick Holland's prose superb - visceral yet at the same time poetic...
    Posted by Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    31 March 2013

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